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  •  April 15, 2021


There complicates. The most advanced, expensive and trendy sneakers are exactly the least suitable for those who want to escape from injuries. But a new British study explains and helps you use this paradox to your advantage.

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The most optimistic say that five million people practice running in Brazil.


The estimate may be credible since, in England, newspaper article The Telegraph estimated the number of practitioners in that country at two million.

This is a 73% increase in just 10 years.

Being democratic and accessible to all, the sport grows in popularity.


With more people running around, it is natural to face an increase in the number of injuries.

This frustrates as many people are now running as a means of reducing the risk of chronic disease.

But within a year, about three-quarters of runners suffer from injuries, with the knee and ankle most affected.


Stress fracture and ankle sprains are also a risk, although less common.

The solution is to invest in the most expensive shoe models, technologically developed to protect runners, right?

In fact, this logic may not be working.

According to a study by the University of Exeter (England), runners wearing high-tech running shoes are more likely to get injured.

Apparently, padded shoes with denser soles stimulate the heel toe.

Runners who practice this step experience an abrupt force of vertical impact each time the foot lands on the floor.

This impact force is often absent when stepping with the forefoot.

For this reason, less cushioned sneakers, called minimalists, put significantly less stress on the body.

For the economic moment, the dissemination of this research comes in handy.

That's because less cushioning means using thinner soles, less trim leather, simpler insole.

That is, less embedded materials and less cost of production.

The study was published in the scientific journal Medicine & Science in Sport & Exercise.

Of course, results will vary according to who wears the shoes, where he runs and how intensely.

Next time you buy a new sneaker, consider all of these questions before making your choice.

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